Floodplain Management Committee

Mission

The Floodplain Management Committee tracks and influences federal legislation and regulations that affect NAFSMA member's floodplain management programs. This includes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain mapping issues, Letters of Map Changes (LOMCs), flood insurance mitigation, emergency preparedness, Community Rating System (CRS), levee policies, "all hazards" insurance, and "takings" legislation. The Committee acts as NAFSMA's liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and coordinates with other national organizations on issues of mutual interest.

NAFSMA position paper on floodplain management issues

Co-Chairs

David Mallory, PE, CFM, Senior Project Engineer at Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (Denver, CO.)

David MalloryIn his role as the Senior Project Engineer in the Floodplain Management Program at the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in Denver, Colorado, David supervises many aspects of the UDFCD Floodplain Management Program, including the review of development proposals adjacent to major drainageways, master plan implementation and the Cooperating Technical Partnership (CTP) program with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He is heavily involved in letters of map change (LOMCs) reviews conducted by UDFCD as part of the CTP program with the assistance of consultant staff and in cooperation with FEMA. David has participated in FEMA's map modernization efforts for the Denver metropolitan area and is transitioning to the Risk MAP program as it is rolled out. David is a graduate of Colorado State University and has over 35 years of experience, he was first registered as a professional engineer in the state of Colorado in 1981.

Timothy M. Murphy, PE, CFM, Mitigation Planning & Technical Programs Branch Manager, Flood Control District of Maricopa County, Phoenix, AZ

Timothy MurphyTim has worked for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County for 26 years, serving in many capacities. He currently serves as Mitigation Planning and Technical Programs Branch Manager, a post that he has held since 2008. In this role he is responsible for coordinating general floodplain management issues with FEMA and oversees the District's involvement in the Cooperating Tehnical Partner (CTP) program, the Community Rating System (CRS) and levee accreditation.

 

Issues

National Flood Insurance Program

The NFIP is an important part of NAFSMA member's floodplain management efforts. NAFSMA welcomes the passage of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (NFIP Reauthorization Act) which continues the authorization for another five years. NAFSMA is committed to assisting FEMA in implementing various provisions of the NFIP Reauthorization Act.

Mapping Issues

Under FEMA's mapping umbrella, NAFSMA focuses on the following critical issues:

  • Ongoing flood map modernization studies
  • The Risk MAP (Mapping, Analysis and Planning) Initiative
  • Deployment of the new Levee Analysis and Mapping Procedures (LAMP)
  • Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Initiative
  • Utilization of Digital Documents
  • Expansion of the National Flood Hazard Layer
  • Re-establishment of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council

Floodplain Management Projects

Mitigation Programs

  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Activities
  • Post-Disaster Mitigation Activities

Community Rating System

Flood Risk Management/Cooperating Technical Partner Mentoring Activities

NAFSMA Excellence in Communications Awards Program

Every two years, as part of its mentoring program, NAFSMA conducts an awards program to highlight the best in outreach initiatives across the nation that address flood risk management and water quality issues. This awards program will be offered in 2014.

Information on Implementation of Biggert-Waters 2012